Yesterday, The Contractor Coaching Partnership and Safety Trainers, Inc. conducted a RRP/OSHA Respirator and Lead in Construction training for Massachusetts contractors. We developed this training to help Massachusetts RRP trained contractors prepare for the Mass Lead Safe Renovation Contractor application.
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EPA RRP Training requires that contractors comply with OSHA Laws governing lead safe practices. In the following slide from the EPA RRP Manual in Module 2, see OSHA followed by the bullet point; established worker protection standards.
On 12/31/2010 the EPA RRP Certified Renovator deadline ends. All contractors, landlords, property maintenance personnel, sub contractors and those who work for compensation on pre 1978 homes must be certified. Anyone who is not trained must not offer to work or work on pre 1978 homes or they will be subject to fines from the EPA. Current fines are up to $37,500 per day per offense.
Last week was a busy week for The Contractor Coaching Partnership Workshop team. On Tuesday we had our 4th successful RRP Implementation Workshop in Westborough and on Thursday we had our first RRP/OSHA Respirator and Worker Protection Safety Program seminar.
On Wednesday 10/20/2010 we will be holding our third RRP Implementation Workshop in Marlborough, Mass.
On 10/20/2010 our RRP Contractor Workshop team will be joined by OSHA expert Darcy Cook, President of Safety Trainers. The new Massachusetts Lead RRP Law requires contractors to be compliant with the OSHA Lead Standard. This includes respiratory programs, fit testing, medical monitoring and worker protection programs. Darcy will be working with The Contractor Coaching Partnership to help Massachusetts contractors with OSHA/RRP compliance.
While at the Mass DOS/OSHA Workshop at UMass we were told about the enforcement efforts currently underway in Mass. DOS is going out into the field and catching contractors not following the RRP Lead Rule. OSHA inpsectors are instructed to stop by any job they see with violations.
Yesterday Shawn McCadden and I attended a workshop presented by Mass. Depart. of Safety and OSHA at the U Mass. The presenters covered OSHA regulations that need to be considered in order to be compliant with RRP lead safe practices. It was very obvious that these agencies will be working closely with each other. Here are highlights from the workshop; (the post is long, yet contains important details about RRP and OSHA in Mass)
Last week at the Baltimore Remodeling Show I attended the keynote address presented by Remodeling Industry Expert, Shawn McCadden. He shared his thoughts and insights about the future of the remodeling industry.